An excellent win over Brighouse was followed by a tremendous away win at Trafford, a side tipped for promotion saw belief grow, a couple of wins in the FA Cup built confidence also with a battling win over Goole with ten men and then a come from behind success against Billingham Synthonia. The FA Cup run was ended by FC United of Manchester, a game that showed the side what it takes to compete against a Conference North Side.
November saw four wins out of six and December even better as maximum points were collected and the Reds were sitting top of the pile and clubs were starting to take notice. Approaches were made for a number of Grant Black’s squad and to a man the offers were turned down.
The players have bought into what Black and his coaches are doing at Ingfield and possible on field success was chosen over better financial offers elsewhere.
Grant Black has not, however, rested on his laurels, adding to the squad throughout the season, keeping players on their toes and adding a strength in depth to the squad, something not seen at Ossett Town for a number of years.
Darol Lucas has returned for a second spell at the club, as has Sam Wright. Jason Yates continues to impress since his move to the club and most recently Marcus Day was signed on loan from Harrogate Town.
Alongside the likes of Tyrone Gay and Andy Hawksworth, rocks at the back, and captain Alex Peterson and Danny Frost who have 28 goals between them the squad is well set heading into the final stretch of the season.
Chairman James Rogers is now looking forward with a renewed enthusiasm. “We’ve had a tough few seasons both on and off the field. A lot of people have put a lot of effort in to maintain and improve facilities. The club house is currently in the second stage of a complete refurbishment meaning it is a more inviting environment for both football fans and functions for the community”.
“When I was first elected as Chairman the committee and I put in place a short, medium and long term plan. Challenging for promotion to the Premier Division was the medium plan and this season we are doing that so we are ahead of the curve”.
“Wakefield is the largest city in the country that doesn’t have a Football League club, whilst that dream is a long way away at this time, with the right investment and sponsorship who knows how far we can go. The club is run entirely by volunteers and owned by its members, and each member has the right to say they own part of their own football club. It is an exciting time at Ossett Town and I urge local football fans who are at a loose end on a weekend to come down to Ingfield and see what we’re about for themselves. If anyone reading this is also interested in helping us achieve our longer term ambitions please do not hesitate to get in touch”.
Black looks to the future